Major Booking Agent Accused of Sexual Harassment, Shady Business Practices
First Row Talent boss John Finberg is that the gatekeeper of a number of the most famous touring bands within the Rock and Metal World concert touring the world: Nightwish, Epica, Amorphis, Warbringer, Suffocation, Immolation, Sonata Arctica, Overkill, and therefore the Agonist, are among his current and past clients.
To mention he’s enormously powerful and influential is an irony. In an expose from Metalsucks. Today, many of us alleging harassment, bullying, racism, misogyny, and violent threats from Finberg for several years. The article has a case after case of individuals and bands with run-ins with him, and every one of them sounds appalling.
Many former victims, bars, and music journalists took social media to rant about him and discuss the story. Finberg has not commented at press time, and it’s unclear if Metalsucks attempted to succeed in him for comment before running the report. Typically within the case of sex assault allegations, you modify the victims’ names for cover, which they did. And sometimes don’t get a comment first from the accused to endanger their victims with more threats further. You’ll read the story at the link on their site—TW for harassment and threats of violence.
Here are a number of the critical points of the article:
A lady “Rachel” said Finberg is her on Facebook, invited her to a concert with promises of discussing how her band could open an after a local gig. Finberg appraises her with a royal treatment all night when she arrived. But he kept pouring her shots and began trying to urge aggression and feel her up, acting as she owed him this which she was posing for it. However, when she got on, it began to him harassing her via email, threatening to blacklist her if she didn’t respond appropriately to his sexual advances. Occasionally, he would still text her and plan to make amends, only to magnify her again.
Another woman who works within the music industry, identified as Jennifer, only met him once when Finberg’s acts were performing an outsized gig. She met him within the VIP area. And she or he said that she remembers drinking a half glass of vodka only before leaving out. And she ended up unconscious and vomiting on the bottom. Her brother is also there who took her to the hospital for alcohol poisoning. And he later told her that Finberg was constantly refilling her glass then pouring vodka down her throat straight from the bottle.
A 3rd woman, Amy, claimed when Finberg met her at a Ministry show, immediately said something about sleeping together with him. She politely rejected him but claimed he threw a scene at the top of the night because she wouldn’t return to the hotel with him. Amy claims he attempted to stay buying drinks for her, and now she was refusing. She said that he told her he would take her on the road with Nightwish if she had sex with him. And she or he could work their merch and not buy anything. She decided to go away, then claims Finberg incessantly texted her for weeks. Finberg acknowledged where she worked and tried to call and allow them to know that Amy was a terrible person. They didn’t believe him.
One artist claims Finberg told him if he could find a lady within the crowd who would give Finberg fellatio, Finberg would get the band an enormous tour.
One artist manager accuses Finberg of threatening frivolous lawsuits after being fired, even going thus far as having his lawyer draft up charges but never actually browsing on the case.
Finberg is accused of double-dipping for his fees for artists by selling VIP packages directly and including those sales within the overall tickets sold, and taking a second 20% promoter fee on top of it.
Finberg is accused of selling Canadian fans tickets at larger US prices then pocketing the difference, which is the maximum amount as 25% above the ticket price if the fan were to get it at the door. Artist manager Shawn Carrano refuses to figure with artists booked by Finberg, happening the record saying that Finberg has threatened his life multiple times over small disputes, threatening to “slit” Carrano’s throat.
Continental Touring’s Steph Mellul claims he’s personally been called racist slurs by Finberg. Finberg freely dropped the N-bomb, especially while working with death metal legends, Suffocation, who had two Black members at the time and generally making racist comments about any minority he would encounter.
Bonded by Blood when vocalist Mauro Gonzalez claims Finberg asked him to introduce Finberg to 2 women with whom Gonzalez was friends. When Gonzales declined, Finberg threatened to ruin their career and blacklist them.